BRYAN C. HASSEL is Co-President of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K–12 education. He co-leads Public Impact’s efforts to help schools create an Opportunity Culture by extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for higher pay, within budget.He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, school funding systems, and teacher and principal effectiveness. His work has appeared in Education Next, Education Week, and numerous other publications. He was named to the spring 2015 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program, designed to support exceptional leaders reimagining U.S. public schools. Dr. Hassel received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
Example projects: Dr. Hassel’s recent work includes co-leading Public Impact’s efforts to help schools create an Opportunity Culture by extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students, for higher pay, within budget; assisting numerous states in developing their strategies for addressing chronically low-performing schools; and co-leading Public Impact’s work transforming the charter sector to expand successful models, implement rigorous performance frameworks, and replace failing charter schools more swiftly. He authored the Brookings Institution Press book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise, and co-authored Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence. His recent publications include co-authoring ESSA: New Law, New Opportunity; State Leaders, Seize ESSA’s Opportunities for Excellence (op-ed); Paid Educator Residencies, Within Budget: How New School Models Can Radically Improve Teacher and Principal Preparation; and An Excellent Principal for Every School: Transforming Schools Into Leadership Machines. Dr. Hassel has also served as a consultant to leading efforts to create high-quality charter school systems, turn around failing schools, and improve leader and teacher effectiveness.